Queen Elizabeth's historic visit to the Irish Republic has been hailed as a spectacular diplomatic triumph.
As she prepared to end her visit in Cork on Friday, politicians on all sides in Dublin said the trip signalled the start of an exciting new era in Anglo-Irish relations.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had talks with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, said the visit and the Queen's momentous speech in Dublin Castle had struck a chord with people in Ireland.
"What she said about things that could have been done differently or not been done at all, I think will have spoken volumes to people in Ireland," Mr Cameron said.
The decision to lay wreaths in memory of the men and women who fought for Irish independence and the 49,000 Irish soldiers killed in the First World War provoked a response on the streets of Dublin which was way beyond Buckingham Palace's wildest dreams.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Queen's contribution was remarkable and that she surprised Ireland by sympathising with all those who had suffered in conflict between the two nations.
He said: "I think people were very taken by the extent of her words and the clarity and ringing tone in which she said them."
The Queen also expressed her sadness in a personal message to President Mary McAleese at the death of former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, further cementing the newly forged ties.
Even Sinn Fein grudgingly acknowledged the impact that the Queen's visit had had. The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the speeches by the royal and President Mary McAleese were thought-provoking.
Despite the ringing endorsements, the garda remained on full alert and three suspected Real IRA members were arrested.